4th Grade

Curriculum Guide

Bible CornerstoneFall-64web

Textbooks Used: Veritas Press Teacher’s Guide, Chronicles through Malachi, First Edition 2002

Course Description: A thorough biblical history covering the books of the Bible from Chronicles through Malachi. The curriculum uses fact cards outlining different major stories and events from approximately 870 BC until 444 BC. Students detail facts and answer comprehension questions based on each card and will do several synthesis projects throughout the year.

Objectives:

  • Understand that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior
  • Understand major concepts, people, and events from Chronicles through Malachi
  • Understand concepts and themes from different Bible stories about God’s providence and discipline to his chosen people
  • Memorize passages from I Kings, Esther, Job, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah, Habakkuk, and Malachi

 

Language Arts

Textbooks Used: Teaching Writing: Structure & Style Syllabus & Seminar Workbook, 2010 Institute for Excellence in Writing, LLC; Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons in Structure, Style, Grammar, and Vocabulary, Third Edition, 2012; Shurley English Level 4, 2007

Course Description: Many subjects are included within the Language Arts curriculum such as writing, grammar, and penmanship. Writing focuses on developing skilled writers through an organized system of outlining that focuses on sequential order. Students are exposed to narrative and expository forms and are encouraged to develop good order of topic sentences along with detailed paragraphs. Grammar focuses on understanding the order of sentences and the eight parts of speech. Penmanship reinforces the cursive writing curriculum of past years.

Objectives

  • Develop beautiful penmanship through practice of cursive writing
  • Understand developing sentence structure and all eight parts of speech
  • Develop writing skills by outlining expository and narrative writings

 

Literature

Textbooks Used: The Bracken Triology: The Bridge; Crown and Jewel; The Two Collars by Jeri Massi, Journey Books; Thunderstorm in the Church by Louise A. Vernon, Herald Press; Abeka Spelling & Poetry 3, 5th edition

Course Description: The literature fourth-grade students delight in encompasses the aspects of the Medieval time period. Students discuss in depth the story elements of plot, setting, and characterization. Students also learn how to recognize, understand, and use figurative language such as metaphor, simile, inference, symbolism, and allegory.

Objectives:

  • Understand elements of story sequence including the five points of plot: introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion
  • Understand the impetus of story as the central problem and how the problem is resolved
  • Understand how characters are developed and the use of characterization within the plot
  • Identify setting as the where and when the story takes place
  • Recognize universal symbols and understand how a symbol functions within an allegory
  • Identify, understand, and implement the use of figurative language including metaphor and simile
  • Use context to understand vocabulary
  • Spell fourth grade level words correctly

 

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Textbooks Used: Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation by Veritas Press

Description: The Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation course leads students on a historical account of the important people and events from the beginning of the Middle Ages when St. Augustine converted to Christianity in 386 AD through the Renaissance in 1300 AD, up through the Reformers in 1560 AD.

Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the chronological order of historical events and people in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation time periods
  • Investigate and explore art, architecture, explorers, warriors, and inventors in Medieval history
  • Understand the framework of feudal system, the divisions of the church, and how church history influenced what we believe today
  • Enhance maps skills and familiarity with geographical locations of discussion

 

Science

Textbooks Used: Science 5, Bob Jones University, third edition textbook and activity manual

Course Description: This course explores God’s hand in creation and how His absolute authority and order can be witnessed through the realm of creation and forces of the earth. Students work through the scientific method to discover God’s presence in the world around them. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and projects help develop a firm foundation of science applications.

Objectives:

  • Understand God’s revelation of Himself through His creation
  • Explore topics of the Earth: minerals, rocks, fossils, dinosaurs; matter, energy, and heat; Climate: weather, biomes; changes and interactions in an ecosystem; sound and light waves; human body: respiratory system, circulatory system
  • Understand the steps of the scientific method and can utilize them in experiments and explorations

 

Math

Textbooks Used: Primary Mathematics 4A & 4B, Standards Edition, Singapore Math

Description: Students are exposed to grade-level mathematics through a series of learning experiences including pictorials and concrete and abstract examples. Students use textbooks, workbooks, and math manipulatives to increase their mathematical understanding.

Objectives

  • Understand whole numbers to millions, factors, multiples, order of operations, and negative numbers
  • Practice adding, subtracting whole numbers, fractions, and decimals to the thousandths
  • Practice multiplying by two digits and dividing ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands
  • Master the multiplication tables of 1-10
  • Increase understanding of estimation, graphing, and probability
  • Exposure to the units of measurement including length, weight, and capacity
  • Practice using the order of operations with money
  • Exposure to geometry including angles, lines, geometric shapes, nets, area, perimeter, and volume

 

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